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UHN Brochures, Mobile Apps, and Other Resources

Direct patients to the UHN Patient and Family Health Information portal for educational materials on a variety of health topics.

Patients may also benefit from:


UHN Patient Education Documentation Guide 2019

This guide aims to:

  • Identify the elements of patient education that are most important to document
  • Provide examples of patient education documentation
  • Encourage the documentation of patient education as standard practice

Pamphlets and Handouts

AccessMedicine Patient Education Handouts

  • Grouped by Adult, Pediatric, Medicines, or Acute
    • The Pediatric section includes handouts written specifically for Teens 
  • Organized alphabetically by condition and/or medical device
  • The handout can be printed, downloaded as a PDF, or emailed
  • With an account, the handout can be customized with a personal message before distributing to the patient

BMJ Best Practice Patient Leaflets

  • Leaflets are organized A-Z by condition, or grouped by Specialty area
  • More visually appealing and written in plain language, which may be more accessible than the handouts from AccessMedicine
  • Clearly state the date of last revision


Anatomy Visualizations


Primal Pictures contains some of the worlds most medically accurate and detailed 3D graphic renderings of human anatomy which are based on medical imaging data

  • Features real-time, fully interactive 3D models of human anatomy
  • 3D Atlas images can be viewed on mobile devices 
  • Available in 7 languages


Journal Articles

UHN Patient & Family Learning Centres Locations

Toronto General

The Peter and Melanie Munk Patient Learning & Experience Centre is on Level 1 of the Norman Urquhart (NU) Building, near the Pharmacy and Tim Horton's. 

Princess Margaret 

The Princess Margaret Patient Learning & Experience Centre has been temporarily moved to the 2nd floor of 610 University Avenue (North West Atrium, just outside the Hematology Clinic). 

Toronto Western 

The Paul B. Helliwell Patient Learning & Experience Centre is located on the 1st floor of the West Wing.

Working with Diverse Patient Populations

Introduction to LGBT and providing culturally competent services

  • e-module offered through Rainbow Health Ontario

UHN Diversity Training

  • instructor-led course offered through UHN Corporate


Black History Month Committee

  • Promotes the interests and increases awareness and understanding of equity issues related to Black and racialized communities at UHN.

LGBTQ+ Committee

  • Fosters respect for the voices, interests and issues of LGBTQ+ communities that provide or access UHN's services.

UHN Accessibility Council

  • The responsibilities of this committee include consulting with people with disabilities and preparing UHN’s accessibility plan. 

Patient Partners

  • The Patient Partner Program recruits, selects, orients and matches patients & family caregivers of UHN in the role of a Patient Partner, to work with staff on specific UHN initiatives, committees and activities that enhance and improve the quality and safety of care

Drug Information


  • A database of drug and therapy information compiled by the Canadian Pharmacists Association
  • Provides current Health Canada Advisories (recall and safety alerts) as well as CPS Notifications (important product updates)
  • Includes Lexi-Interact drug interaction checker
  • Features directories for drug manufacturers, Poison Control Centres, and Canadian health organizations

Drug Information Portal

  • Drug information provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and other governmental agencies; primarily U.S.-based information
  • Resources are categorized by audience, including the public, health professionals, researchers, and librarians
  • Links to other NLM Resources, such as MedLinePlus

Natural Medicines (Therapeutic Research Centre)

  • Contains over 1200 monographs on natural ingredients, including vitamins, herbs, minerals, non-herbal supplements, naturally sourced chemical compounds, and foods
  • Over 200 monographs covering a wide range of complementary and alternative treatment topics, including specialized diets and therapies
  • Includes tools such as Interaction Checker, Nutrient Depletion Checker, and Pregnancy & Lactation Checker

Global Drug Reference Online (DRO) 

  • Provides athletes and support personnel with information about the prohibited status of specific substances under the rules of sport based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.
  • Search by sport or user type, including: Athlete, Coach, Parent, Medical Professional, Pharmacist and Sports Administer

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